Feds Advocate for Protection of Patient Health Information
FALLS CHURCH – Today’s top headlines in healthcare and patient safety for Wednesday, May 12, compiled by the library research department of Noblis Health Innovation:
- HHS drafts guidelines for security risk analysis: The Health & Human Services Department Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has published draft guidance to help healthcare providers and payers figure out what is expected of them in doing a risk analysis of their protected patient health information.
- HHS establishes disability research center: The Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability announced on Monday an award of more than $6 million to establish a research center that will build electronic data models to conduct comparative effectiveness research on disability services and quality of care.
- U.S. Rep. Rush Holt introduces military suicide prevention bill named for N.J. soldier: Citing a critical gap in the military’s suicide prevention efforts, Rep. Rush Holt has introduced a measure named for a New Jersey soldier who took his own life after serving two tours of duty in Iraq.
- Lawrence Livermore research on how blasts injure brains may improve soldiers’: Scientists hope their research will lead to the development of better combat helmets and ultimately prevent many traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, in soldiers.
- Voice verification deployed to prevent abuse of Florida’s Medicaid services: In south Florida, where in-home health-care fraud runs rampant, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) hopes to stem future scams and save money using voice verification technology.